Implants are now commonly used to replace missing teeth and there have been many studies showing very high success rates of 90-95%.
Over thirty years ago Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark discovered the process of osseointegration which describes the process a titanium implant goes through when it is placed in the jawbone. After healing the implant becomes surrounded by live healthy bone and as it is completely rigid it can be used to support teeth.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or a full set of teeth. Adequate bone must be available into which implants can be placed and this can be assessed by examination or using X-Rays.
In order to replace a single tooth you will need one implant, but you will not need an implant for each tooth. For example three teeth could be placed on two implants or a full lower set of twelve teeth will need four implants or a full set of twelve upper teeth will need six implants.
They do not affect other teeth in the way that removable dentures do and no damage is done to adjacent teeth as is the case when fixed bridges are constructed.
Although most implants are left for a while, to allow for osseointegration, before teeth are constructed more recent developments have allowed us to attach teeth at the same time as the implants are placed, this is termed immediate loading.
Full lower arch on 5 implants
This patient had been wearing a full lower denture for many years but was finding it difficult to eat as the denture was moving during function.
Five implants were placed and left to heal for 8 weeks after which they were restored with gold custom abutments and a metal/ceramic bridge.
Thanks to an amazing new technique developed in Sweden by Nobel Biocare it is now possible to replace missing teeth using titanium implants in a procedure that takes just one hour.
After a number of preparatory visits and a CT scan your teeth will be constructed in advance in the laboratory using virtual modelling and computer aided design techniques. This means that your implants can be placed with incredible accuracy and your new teeth attached at the same visit. This unique and innovative treatment can be used to replace any number of teeth from a single to tooth to a full set. Although this technique is not suitable for all cases it will help many patients.
This procedure has just been made available in this country and is now available at St Paul’s Dental Care where Dr Kevin Gibney and his highly trained team have been using this technique for 5 years.
What the patients say
"The best investment I have ever made."
Dear Dr Gibney.
I would like to personally thank you for your patience and professional guidance during my dental surgery.
My original teeth were not the most shapely, which did not encourage me to smile during conversations or even when being photographed.
Now I can tell a different story. After your help and guidance, I now have a beautiful set of teeth, which has changed my life. I am a much happier person and enjoy smiling for the first time in a long time.
Thank you all.
Roy H Fearnley (Blundellsands)
16 Years of experience with dental implants.
The practice has a long history of providing dental implants for their patients and has always been at the cutting edge of implantology being the first to introduce a number of new procedures.
Dr Gibney has been using implants for ten years and has helped hundreds of patients. He studied implantology at Sheffield Dental School and was awarded a Masters Degree in Medical Science in implantology. His team of dental nurses and dental technicians have trained extensively using the latest equipment and techniques.
If you think they can help you please call for a initial consultation on 01704533686.
A recently completed audit of 1200 implants placed at here has shown a survival rate of more than 96%’
In addition we have achieved similar success rates for immediately loaded implants in full arches using the Teeth-in an-hour system.
Computer guided implant placement
It is now possible to generate a 3 dimensional virtual model of the jaw using a CT scan. The placement of implants can then be planned with great ccuracy and a surgical guide can be made using a 3D printer which can be used to place the implants.
This means that the implant placement can be carried out with incredible precision and very safely. It can be likened to keyhole suregery in that there are no stitches and healing is quicker with less chance of infection anfd reduced poatoperativbe discomfort.
Although this is not suitable in all cases it can be invaluable in cases with limited bone volume and can allow implant placement in areas prviously thought to have insufficient bone.